Small business franchising

Articles, news and advice on franchising topics for UK small businesses.

Investing in a franchise

Investing in a franchise: Taking on a greeting card operation

Former BP forecourt manager Gayan Weerakkody discusses how he uprooted his family to take on the arm of a successful greetings card franchise.

Investing in a franchise

How one former company director took on a franchise arm

In this Q&A, Peter Searle discusses the process of taking on a franchise in the business consultancy sector.

Investing in a franchise

Getting involved with a franchise opportunity

Here's why the franchise route could be the best one for your business aspirations.


Building the franchise bond

Franchise agreements are a lot like marriages. Get them right and they could lead to a long and fruitful relationship.

Investing in a franchise

How to get franchising right

A franchise is a logical choice for someone who aspires to own a company but wants the safety net of a trusted business model.

Business management

Small businesses spring to life

It’s not all doom and gloom out there. SmallBusiness.co.uk meets four entrepreneurs who are seeing their start-ups flourish.


Franchises offer ‘a proven and profitable model’

The 'proven and profitable model' offered by franchises has caused a steady increase in the number of potential entrepreneurs taking up the service, a survey shows.

Business management

The franchise safety net

If you don't have the necessary experience starting a business alone, your best bet could be to take advantage of the support that a franchise network offers. To find out what it takes, SmallBusiness.co.uk spoke to a franchisee and asked why he chose to go down that route.


BFA announces Franchisors of the Year

Snap-on-Tools, Domino's Pizza and Molly Maid came out top in this year's British Franchise Association (BFA) Franchisor of the Year Awards.


Franchising best for busy mums

A recent Government report found that working mothers with young children suffer more discrimination at work than any other group. Franchising could offer an opportunity to get back to work and run a successful business.

Investing in a franchise

Day-to-day franchise success

Why are some franchises more successful than others? Part of it comes down to choosing an established company with a proven track record and a good reputation.


Franchisee finalists announced

Ten franchisees have reached the National Finals of the 2006 bfa Franchisee of the Year Awards and will now battle it out for the top prize of £5,000 at the Awards Dinner before the National Franchise Exhibition in October.

Business Technology

How to grow a global creative agency in record time

Find out how creative agency, Myth Studio, used technology to grow their business and quadruple their staff count in 18 months

Partner content

Attracting and keeping top talent through Total Reward

Employment benefits specialist, Drewberry, explain why you should base your benefits around a Total Reward Strategy

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5 things every small business owner needs to know before starting

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What is professional indemnity insurance?

Professional indemnity insurance provides cover if somebody sues your business and they allege that your advice caused financial loss or damaged their brand. It’s not just for accountants and lawyers but for anyone offering a personal service, even web designers